Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 27

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Coalhouse Fort, Tilbury UK.jpg

Coalhouse Fort is an English artillery fort built in the 1860s to guard the lower Thames from seaborne attack. It stands at Coalhouse Point in Essex on the north bank of the river, at a location near East Tilbury that was vulnerable to raiders and invaders. It was the last in a series of fortifications dating back to the 15th century and was the direct successor to a smaller mid-19th century fort on the same site. It was initially a front-line fortification, supported by Shornemead Fort and Cliffe Fort on the Kent shore. Over time, as batteries and forts further downriver became the front line of the Thames defences, its main weapons were replaced with smaller quick-firing guns intended for use against fast-moving surface and aerial targets. Its last military use was as a training facility after the Second World War. Decommissioned in 1949, the fort fell into dereliction, despite its historical and architectural significance. Its restoration has been funded in part by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Warner Bros. film studio, which used it as a location for the opening scenes of the 2005 film Batman Begins. (Full article...)


Virgin of the Rocks

Virgin of the Rocks is a title given to two paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, which depict the Madonna and Christ Child with the infant John the Baptist and an angel in a rocky setting. The version generally considered the prime version hangs in the Louvre in Paris; the other, shown here, is held by the National Gallery in London. Although the paintings are similar in many ways, they differ in the gaze and right hand of the angel. as well as the colours, the lighting, the flora, and the way sfumato is used.

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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 26 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 28

An earthquake that inflict a massive damage to an entire city, and an aircrash that kills 583 people, and you call it Good Friday Earthquake and probably also Good Friday Tenerife disaster? How cruel can one be! You should be there when it happened, LOL.

2012 notes

howcheng {chat} 09:11, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Addendum: 2009 Jamrud mosque bombing (first appearance) added later for balance. howcheng {chat} 16:14, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes

howcheng {chat} 06:27, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 27 March 2013

Khrushchev became President following Nikolai Bulganin. Stalin had died five years previously!.--Smerus (talk) 05:25, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

Apparently, it's been like that since 2008 and nobody noticed. Thanks for catching that. howcheng {chat} 05:58, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes

howcheng {chat} 08:57, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes

howcheng {chat} 08:25, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes

howcheng {chat} 11:18, 25 March 2016 (UTC)

2017 notes

howcheng {chat} 07:22, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

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